We’ve talked about Colorado’s problem solving courts here before (here, here and here). But did you know there are now more than fifty operational problem solving courts in sixteen Colorado jurisdictions? The courts are specifically tailored to consider particularized issues, and consist of adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, mental health courts, family/dependency and neglect courts, truancy courts, prostitution drug court, and DWI courts.
The goal is to stress a collaborative, multidisciplinary, problem-solving approach to address the underlying issues of the individuals appearing in court, rather than simply focusing on the immediate legal matter brought before the court. There is close collaboration with the service communities in their jurisdictions, and the results have been proven to show long-term effectiveness. According to the Colorado Judicial Branch, seventy-five percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.
If you’re interested in learning more, join us for a CLE program to learn when and how you may use Colorado’s problem solving courts, rather than the traditional court setting, on behalf of your clients.
The CLE seminar, Drug, Sobriety and Mental Health Courts – Colorado’s New Problem Solving Courts, will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2011. It is available in a variety of formats, including live, live webcast, online video, MP3 download, audio CD, and video replay.